A hitherto unseen video of the horrific 9/11 attacks emerged, offering a fresh perspective on the tragic events that unfolded over two decades ago.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, provides a unique angle of the second plane’s devastating collision with the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
The uploader, Kevin Westley, a combat veteran who served in the 2003 Iraq war, claims the video had been mistakenly set to private on the platform for nearly 20 years.
Newly released 9/11 footage hidden for over 20 years provides new angle pic.twitter.com/ePfuzkgynh
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The 9/11 attacks, as we recall, were a series of coordinated terrorist actions where four American commercial airplanes were hijacked, according to the Department of Defense.
Two of these planes were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City, another crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The last, United Airlines Flight 93, was headed for Washington, D.C.
However, the brave passengers on board managed to divert the plane, causing it to crash into a field in Pennsylvania, thereby saving countless lives.
This newly surfaced video, which runs for almost nine minutes, was made public last year. It captures the events of that fateful day from a different and strikingly clear angle, providing a fresh perspective on a tragedy that has been replayed countless times in the minds of Americans.
Westley filmed the footage while standing on a boat amidst a crowd of shocked spectators, as reported by National World.
The video initially focuses on the flames engulfing the North Tower but then dramatically shifts just in time to capture the second plane as it makes its direct approach into the South Tower.
Westley, who made the video public in February 2022, stated, “I posted this video in the 2000s but accidentally left it private until now. I noticed the video was private and made it public.”
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However, the circumstances surrounding the video’s two-decade absence from public view sparked a wave of skepticism.
Critics argue Westley’s explanation doesn’t add up, given YouTube was launched on February 14, 2005, four years after the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, the upload date would not change if a video’s privacy setting was altered, casting further doubt on Westley’s account.
YouTube, created by three former PayPal employees – Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, was officially launched in 2005. Then, it was acquired by Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock.
According to his YouTube account, Westley’s account was created on Dec 31, 2006.